TEARS may run down Eya Laure's face, but she still wore a smile despite University of Santo Tomas settling for a runner-up finish in the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball Finals on Saturday.
Yes, the Golden Tigresses were not able to accomplish their goal of winning the cup, but the newly minted Rookie of the Year holds no regret knowing that they gave it their all until the end.
"Masaya pa rin kasi lumaban kami hanggang dulo at naibigay namin yung best namin," she said on the heels of UST's 25-17, 25-22, 25-22 Game Three defeat to Ateneo.
Laure was obviously still feeling the effects of her mild ankle sprain suffered from Game Two. But the 5-foot-10 opposite spiker made sure to give her best as she poured her heart out to nab 10 markers, nine coming off kills in the tough defeat.
As tough as the loss was, Laure did make true to her promise to graduating captain Sisi Rondina to bring UST back to the Finals for the first time in eight years.
"Proud ako na nadala ko si ate Sisi sa championship. Hindi ko lang nagawa ng maayos pero masaya ako kasi natupad ko yung pangako ko," she said.
That's why though the Golden Tigresses settled for silver this year, there's no doubt in Laure's mind that they'll be back stronger next season.
After all, she expects to have her older sister EJ back in the fold for UST.
"Babawi kami. Kasama ko na ang ate ko next year. Babawi kami," she vowed.